Dave’s Drive-Through Weekend
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Take a Cinematic Trip Around the World
The snowflakes are flying and its prime time for a movie. Do so in style at the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center where the Marshall Artists Series has the popcorn popped, the drive-in-sized-movie screen dropped and six award-winning films from around the world ready to roll as the Fall International Film Festival runs Friday through Thursday, Nov. 21.
Tickets for the Fall International Film Festival are $7.50 per film or $70 for both the Fall and Spring International Film Festivals (12 films total).
Tickets may be purchased at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, advance tickets are not necessary. Tickets go on sale 15 minutes prior to each film. For more information call 304-696-6656 or visit www.marshallartistsseries.org.
Oh Play Me Some Mountain State Music
It only happens every couple years but when it does, the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame pulls out all the stars and all the stops.
The hall’s ceremony and concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston. A few tickets remain to see such stars as Peter Marshall, Melvin & Ray Goins, Wayne Moss, Tim O’Brien, "Bricktop" Smith, Eleanor Steber, and The Swan Silvertones inducted.
Just a few of the cool presenters and acceptors include: Kathy Mattea (Tim O’Brien), Charlie McCoy (Wayne Moss), Butch Miles and Art Simmons (Bricktop), Nick Clooney (Peter Marshall), Curtis and Friendly Womack (Swan Silvertones), and Buddy Griffin (Melvin Goins).
Other special touches include a video by comedian - and McDowell County native - Steve Harvey will welcome everyone to the show. During the ceremony, there will be videos and letters of congratulations from Paul Simon, Steve Harvey, Al Kooper, and a film director so famous he requested that his name not be released.
General admission tickets are $60. "Preferred Tickets" are $200 each and include preferred seating, admittance to the Meet and Greet, the Governor's Reception prior to the event and the after-show party. Tickets can be bought at Taylor Books and through the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame web site (www.wvmusichalloffame.com) and HoF office (304/342-4412).
You can also watch the show live on television as it will be broadcast live across the state on WV PBS. Go online at www.wvmusichalloffame.com
Turn Your Bike Lights On And Ride
Forecasted snow and cold, be danged, it’s a third Friday and that means the brave and the proud, the Huntington Critical Mass riders, meet up at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at the Ritter Park fountain for the free, monthly six-mile bicycle ride around the city.
The Critical Mass monthly bicycle events began in San Francisco in 1992. Locally, the ride has been going on in Huntington since July 2009.
Warm up from the ride with a post-Mass roll over to Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, 1555 3rd Ave., where there’s a free show at 9 p.m. featuring New Orleans-based banjoist Brandon Branham and his local bluegrass picking buddies, Good Ol’ Boy And a Girl.
Hoist A Game Day Mountain State Pint
Huntington may not have a brewery, but the cozy little Heritage Station pub, The Tap House, 210 11th St., Shop #9, is repping hard for the Mountain State by hosting various nights highlighting a whole list of brews from microbreweries from around the state.
While Charleston Brewing Company has already been in the house, this Thursday, Nov. 14, it’s time to shine a tap light onto Thomas’ Mountain State Brewing Company. There will be three different brews (Rumsey Rock Porter, Almost Heaven Amber and Cold Trail Ale) on tap, as well as a rep from Mountain State who’ll be in the house chatting with folks about the brewery that’s located in the heart of Canaan Valley.
And yes, of course, the Marshall football game will be airing on both Tap House TVs.
Go online at https://www.facebook.com/thetaphousewv for more info and to get a link where you can check what 16 brews are on tap at the pub.
Coal History Meets Dance Theater At HHS
The West Virginia Dance Company will present a free, public performance of its show, “A Coal History,” at Huntington High School at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.
Presented by the National Coal Heritage Area Authority, “A Coal History,” and choreographed by Toneta Akers-Toler, “A Coal History” is an educational and entertaining show that mines the depth of emotions from families, communities and workers during historical mining times.
The performance is appropriate for all ages and is free thanks to the support of the Authority. This event will also feature an American Masterpiece work, “Chapters of a Broken Novel,” choreographed by Doug Varone, as well as new works by Donald Laney and Gretchen Moore.
To learn more about the West Virginia Dance Company, go online at www.WVDanceCo.com and for more info about this performance, email Donna Duke at email@example.com
Go to Memphis In the Meantime
It’s may be a mid-week night, but if you like a Memphis-blast of country punked rock ‘n’ roll you’ll never quit thanking yourself for heading down to the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington, as the kick open the doors for the return of internationally-traveling Americana masters, Lucero.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. sharp with tickets $20 advance and $25 day of the show for ages 18 and up to see Lucero, who’ll be sharing new songs off its 8th record, “Woman and Work.”
Opening the show is Titus Andronicus, which is touring off of its new record, “Local Business.” Go online at http://www.luceromusic.com/ and http://titusandronicus.net/ to hear more from the bands.
My Dave Trippin’ pick this weekend is to Greenbo Lake State Resort Park where they’re having an 1980s-themed murder mystery, A Murderous Reunion, on Saturday night. Stay overnight and check out the last bit of fall foliage with a great hike around the lake.
Put on those parachute pants and leg warmers and your thinking caps and come out for a fun-filled night as Murder and Merriment presents the interactive murder mystery dinner, “A Murderous Reunion.”
Come dressed in your favorite 1980s style and help solve the mysterious crime while enjoying dinner prepared by Greenbo Lake’s Angler’s Cove Restaurant. Two dinner packages are available: Overnight lodging, dinner and show for two is $130 plus tax ($90 plus tax for single occupancy) or dinner and show for $40 per person. Reservations are required. The show starts at 7 p.m. Call 1-800-325-0083 for reservations. This show is presented in partnership with the Greenup County Extension Arts Council.
That’s just a few of the things happening this weekend, check us out online at www.herald-dispatch.com and in the box.
Dave Lavender is the author of “Dave Trippin: A Daytripper’s Guide to the Appalachian Galaxy of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.” Follow the H-D reporter on Facebook or Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.
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Dave Lavender writes about regional travel for The Herald-Dispatch. Go online at www.davetrippin.com for more information.
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